In Memoriam

The Rev. Dr. Michael Prior, CM
Professor of New Testament, St. Mary's College, University of Surrey

1942-2004

A visionary scholar whose work inspired many from Jerusalem to North America, a devoted priest who understood that personal faith requires commitment to social justice, a loving brother, uncle, friend whose humor was as refreshing as his intellectual acumen was impressive,
a founding member of the Board of Directors.

"Only when 'the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, poor people are evangelised' (Lk 7:22) can the Church be at peace with its founder, the Nazareth preacher, and its Lord."

Michael Prior, Jesus the Liberator: Nazareth Liberation Theology Luke 4:16-30. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995, p.201

Michael was the epitome of the scholar-activist...His scholarship and “moral critique” were outstanding and prophetic. His faith placed an emphasis on the humanity and equality of all people. For me the loss of Michael is devastating. His passing will also sadden scores of his friends around the globe.
Dr. Nur Masalha, St. Mary’s College, London.

...those of us who knew him well will never forget his sheer physical and spiritual presence--a visual memory of Michael the human being and Michael the priest that will linger on. Michael was someone you were always happy to have on your side, especially against the endless struggles against the evils of this world, and in my particular case, against the wrongdoing in Palestine...We can only hope that the younger generation will follow Michael's courageious journey.
Ilan Pappe, University of Haifa

Michael's passion for justice was unflinching and unshakable. He was compelling and provocative in his writings. He sought to expose the lies and deceptions that underlie the Zionist project and that led to the conquest of Palestine. He is 'still speaking' through his books, lectures, and various publications... His strong prophetic message will reverberate until justice for the Palestinians is done and peace and reconciliation are achieved.”
The Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek, Sabeel Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem


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